Title: Jozi Flash
Authors: Candice Burger, Carin Marais, Nthato Morakabi, Sharon Parkinson, Nicholette Stephens
Published: March 2016 by Chasing Dreams Publishing
Genre: Flash fiction
How I got the book: I downloaded it for free when it first came out
There are no zombie-dalek-rainbow-unicorns in this anthology. Not for lack of trying – they just wouldn’t play nicely with the other characters.
Instead you’ll find a genie with a unique wish, a border post between worlds, a light romance, an alien recorder and a very special chair, amongst others.
This is what you get when you challenge five talented South African writers with a series of prompts and strict word limits: Jozi Flash – an anthology of 29 bite-sized stories with a huge amount of heart.
As unique as the narrators, these tales range from the macabre to heart warming in fewer words than it took to write this blurb.
The zombie-dalek-rainbow-unicorns ate the rest.
When I saw that my good friend Nthato was publishing an anthology with a few fellow writers, I knew I had to read this.
Because this is an anthology of flash fiction, this isn’t going to be a typical review.
Jozi Flash is a flash fiction anthology. This 50-page book holds 29 flash fiction stories created by five South African writers. It’s a quick and easy read, and also refreshing. There’s a lot of good writing jam-packed into this small space.
Each flash was written with careful thought and clever words. Some stories had happy, satisfying endings and others didn’t. A few had surprise endings. It amazed me how these stories were wrapped up so well, especially since they contained such few words.
I enjoyed reading the various writing styles of different writers, even if it was for just a short amount of time. I highly recommend giving this a read. My only complaint is that I wish there were more.
Jozi Flash by South African Writers gets…
5 out of 5 stars
“She laughs while I wonder how I know what dancing is if I am only a mannequin.” –Carin Marais, Jozi Flash
Buy the book:
You can download the book for free through Nthato’s website here: Jozi Flash